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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•ven•tion*kənˈvɛn ʃən(n.)

  1. a meeting or formal assembly, as of members or delegates, to discuss or act on matters of common concern.

  2. an assembly of delegates of a political party to nominate candidates and adopt platforms and party rules.

    Category: Government

  3. an agreement or contract; compact.

    Category: Law

  4. an international agreement, esp. one dealing with a specific matter.

    Category: Government, Law

  5. a rule, method, or practice established by usage; custom:

    the convention of showing north at the top of a map.

  6. general agreement or consent; accepted usage, esp. as a standard of procedure.

  7. a bid or play in bridge that allows partners to convey information about their hands according to a prearranged system.

    Category: Games

* Syn: convention , assembly , conference , convocation refer to meetings for particular purposes. convention usu. suggests a formal meeting of members or delegates, as of a professional group: an annual medical convention. assembly usu. implies a regular meeting for a customary purpose: an assembly of legislators; a school assembly in the auditorium. conference suggests a meeting for consultation or discussion: a sales conference. convocation usu. refers to an ecclesiastical or academic meeting whose participants were summoned: a convocation of experts.

Origin of convention:

1375–1425; late ME (< MF) < L conventiō assembly, agreement. See convene , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. convention(noun)

    a large formal assembly

    "political convention"

  2. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula(noun)

    something regarded as a normative example

    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

  3. convention(noun)

    (diplomacy) an international agreement

  4. conventionality, convention, conventionalism(noun)

    orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional

  5. convention, convening(noun)

    the act of convening

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. convention(noun)ənˈvɛn ʃən

    a custom or accepted way of doing sth

    the convention of removing your shoes before entering a home

  2. conventionənˈvɛn ʃən

    a large meeting of people who work in the same business or have the same interest

    a bikers convention; The 2007 Travel Operator's Convention

  3. conventionənˈvɛn ʃən

    an official agreement

    the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


  1. convention(Noun)

    A meeting or gathering.

    The convention was held in Geneva.

  2. convention(Noun)

    A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates

    The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution

  3. convention(Noun)

    The convening of a formal meeting

  4. convention(Noun)

    A formal agreement, contract or pact

  5. convention(Noun)

    A treaty or supplement to such.

    The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations

  6. convention(Noun)

    A generally accepted principle, method or behaviour.

  7. Origin: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convention(verb)

    the act of coming together; the state of being together; union; coalition

  2. Convention(verb)

    general agreement or concurrence; arbitrary custom; usage; conventionality

  3. Convention(verb)

    a meeting or an assembly of persons, esp. of delegates or representatives, to accomplish some specific object, -- civil, social, political, or ecclesiastical

  4. Convention(verb)

    an extraordinary assembly of the parkiament or estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, -- as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James II

  5. Convention(verb)

    an agreement or contract less formal than, or preliminary to, a treaty; an informal compact, as between commanders of armies in respect to suspension of hostilities, or between states; also, a formal agreement between governments or sovereign powers; as, a postal convention between two governments


  1. Convention

    A convention, in the sense of a meeting, is a gathering of individuals who meet at an arranged place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest. The most common conventions are based upon industry, profession, and fandom. Trade conventions typically focus on a particular industry or industry segment, and feature keynote speakers, vendor displays, and other information and activities of interest to the event organizers and attendees. Professional conventions focus on issues of concern to the profession and advancements in the profession. Such conventions are generally organized by societies dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities. Science fiction conventions traditionally partake of the nature of both professional conventions and fan conventions, with the balance varying from one to another. Conventions also exist for various hobbies, such as gaming or model railroads. Conventions are often planned and coordinated, often in exacting detail, by professional meeting and convention planners, either by staff of the convention's hosting company or by outside specialists. Most large cities will have a convention center dedicated to hosting such events. The term MICE - meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions - is widely used in Asia as a description of the industry. The Convention is one of the most dynamic elements in the M.I.C.E. segment. The industry is generally regulated under the tourism sector.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Convention' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2832

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Convention' in Nouns Frequency: #979

Translations for Convention

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a way of behaving that has become usual; (an) established custom

Shaking hands when meeting people is a normal convention in many countries; He does not care about convention.

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